[permaculture] [FWD] Bush proposes to ax ATTRA!

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Wed Feb 4 02:12:57 EST 2004

 > Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 15:05:03 -0800
 > Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group
 > Sender: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group
 > From: Jane Sooby <jane at OFRF.ORG>
 > Subject: Bush proposes to ax ATTRA!

 > Greetings:
 > We're well past the last straw by now; however, I am discovering a
 > renewed capability of having my mind blown by the caprices of
 > politics. No doubt everyone will receive organizing e-mails etc. on
 > this issue, and the other egregious cuts in important sust/organic
 > programs proposed in the Bush budget. Aargh, I'm getting a lump in my
 > throat! How could anyone even think to X out ATTRA???
 > From a press release by Teresa Opheim, Executive Director, Midwest
 > Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and National Coordinator,
 > Sustainable Ag Coalition:
 > "The Presidentís budget proposes eliminating the highly-rated and
 > effective Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas or ATTRA
 > program. Currently funded at $2.5 million, the program is the major
 > source of sustainable and organic agriculture production and marketing
 > information for farmers, extension agents, and other agricultural
 > professionals. The proposed budget also would scale back funding for
 > the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program by
 > 22 percent to $13 million. The proposal would also reduce the research
 > and extension program to help farmers transition to organic
 > agriculture by 74 percent to just $500,000."
 > I encourage everyone to visit the MSAWG website at_ www.msawg.org
 > _to find out what you can do about this, and to do everything you can
 > to get involved in this year's presidential election so that we get
 > someone in that office who is friendlier to farmers and to the
 > environment.
 > I personally am participating in voter registration and
 > get-out-the-vote activities, and encourage everyone who can to
 > consider taking similar action so that we can have a real election
 > this time.
 > Peace,

 > Jane Sooby
 > technical program coordinator
 > Organic Farming Research Foundation
 > P.O. Box 440
 > Santa Cruz, CA  95061
 > 831-426-6606
 > 831-426-6670 fax
 > 831-336-2392 home
 > www.ofrf.org
 > jane at ofrf.org
 > Perhaps you're a wholly reasonable person, with the potential to
 > become an irrational fool? Perhaps you're a team player, with a
 > potentially argumentative loner lurking about inside you? Or perhaps
 > you're a dreamer, within whom lives a potentially disillusioned
 > grouse, simply waiting to take flight on the wings of bitterness?
 > E.L. Kersten, Ph.D.
 > _http://www.despair.com/indem.html_

lfl at intrex.net

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